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Retired NCAA Coach Lee Rose receives “Difference Maker Award”

During Education Leadership Day at The Center for Rural Development, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) presented his Fifth Congressional District “Difference Maker Award” to retired NCAA and NBA basketball coach Lee Rose and his wife, Eleanor, for their volunteer support to motivate students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to stay in school and plan careers.

“It is an honor to recognize the tireless efforts of Coach Lee Rose and his wife, Eleanor for volunteering their time to tour our rural region and reach out to thousands of students about the importance of getting a high school diploma and dreaming big.” he said. ¬†“They are difference makers, along with all educators in our region who realize our region’s future begins in the classroom.”

From 2004 to 2009, Coach Rose partnered with Forward in the Fifth to travel throughout each of the 42 counties in our service area to share the emotional story of his journey from his childhood in Estill County to becoming a successful basketball coach. ¬†Rose coached many of basketball’s greatest players during his 50 year career, including the legendary Michael Jordan, former University of Kentucky (UK) Wildcat All-American Tony Delk, and former Boston Celtics forward Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell.

During these five years of work with Forward in the Fifth, Rose delivered his presentation to 11,000 middle and high school students in the region.


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